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just share a little bit about kind of how the book started, where it came from. you know, we had an event in new
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york city about three months ago, and maybe more. it was called creating unmindful society sponsored by a couple magazines, one of the unmindful by the word, one of them a great new magazine coming out. i was a speaker on the second night. on the first night i met a woman who works in madison, wisconsin and she brought her sister there. her sister was kind of new to the scene of that we were talking a little bit early in the day and later in the day we were walking and we would all go me for dinner afterwards. and it was raining, so they got out of the building, going down to the corner and it started to pour, so we were just talking them wherever we could to get out of the rain. this conversation happened between the two sisters on the one sister who was new to the scene said, that guy was talking , is he a congressman? the sister said he had.
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he practices mindfulness? yeah. he wrote a book about mindfulness? yeah. is he going to be congressman wants the book comes out? last night last night yes, i'm going to be a congressman wants the book comes out them were going to change things. and when you really stop and take about what we are doing here, we are asking people to slow down a little bit in a day in an age where we are going too fast on the treadmill, a treadmill getting steeper and steeper. you look at the issues of economic inequality. you look at the issues that people trying to manage a broken health care system. you look at the issues veterans art chasing when they come back from our contractor serving nothing families are facing. this is what we need right now
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in the country. i'm not saying this is a silver bullet because i know what washington there's a lot of policy initiatives that need to take place in order to help create the kind of world we all want, but to me teaching people the basic skills that they need to live in this world, where the average teenager is sending out 3000 text messages a month, where technology is doubling every eight hangman's, where most of the country is sleep deprived, where people are working harder and longer and making it not sure if not less than a few years ago, to me this seems like the proper thing for us to do. i kind of got started. i grew up catholic, went to our lady of now caramel and john f. kennedy catholic high school and my grandparents -- my italian grandparents prayed the rosary. my mother prayed the rosary and
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nervous racing and everywhere in the house on every chair and when me and my brother got her first car there was a rosary hanging from the mirror and we both played football and were both quarterbacks, so they were nettles tea to the inside of our typepad and shoulder pads and scapulars on. we were armed and ready to go. and so we grew up in an environment where taking time to send to yourself, to ground yourself, to say with the nature component of our lives. later at a catholic priest, which was kind of how i started it, an old christian meditation. it was just wonderful. i knew when i did it and on and off with a variety of other kinds of meditation. but when i did it, i knew i could concentrate better. i knew i could focus better. i knew i was more relaxed.
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and later i got into politics and from ohio we have a lot of very competitive races, presidential and statewide swing states. i've been very involved helping at that point the democrats take back the house in 2006 with the house leadership and a 2007, 2008 really traveling states and got to the point in the middle of the summer where i was thinking i'm going to be burned out by the time i'm 40. i got him when i was 29. and i said i know when i practice that i'm better. i know that i'm less stressed out. so i just need to jumpstart my days. rewind a few years. john tugnutt has sent his coming our senses to every member of congress. there was one that read it.
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[applause] i teased him about that all the time. it wasn't all a waste. but i'm sure there're others. i specifically read the area section about the body politic and how the practices of being aware and compassionate one way or the other effects are politics. so as i was looking for a retreat to do after the election, where i found one of us is two years after the 08 election. john was teaching the power of mindfulness retreat and is primarily for leaders. there were people there from nonprofits and what not and does a five-day retreat that was kind of slowly walked to you in silence, more and more silence than in the middle there is a 36 hour period of silence. so i checked my two blackberries at the door. there's a whole story behind the two black everything.
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type that should blackberries at the door. no reading, no writing, no phone calls, no tax, no e-mails in the middle of the 36 hour period in the middle of the retreat i really started to recognize the level of thoughts that i had. it was almost the same sandbox over and over. if lake don't they shut up in their? and striping me crazy now that i'm actually listening to you. and really at one moment found a deep relaxation, and keep focused that i had only really remembered experiencing when i played sports with a lot of football and basketball growing up to my college sports being in the zone, being in flow were you i relaxed, which this action going on as well, coming out of the quietness. those with the feeling of monopoly you try to hold onto.
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i remember having a similar feeling and thought to myself, man, you can actually train your mind to be in the present moment. it is a mental discipline of training your mind. and how profound it would be and i was having that experience and as you know, in a neatly your mind starts raining again. unlike my god we've got to get this in the schools. let me write -- someone give me a pen so i could write this 10-point policy plan we need. and i just really felt like this was an essential skill that many of us are missing because society has got so quickly -- so fast. i remember my grandparents. you know, a much different lives than we have now and in many ways much more fulfilling and policies as he or my grandfather got home at 3:00 in the
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afternoon after work. working the steel mill for 40 years. and then he would go to the garden. it worked in the garden for a couple hours. and then he'd have a happy hour with my grandmother's brothers and then they would have the family dinner together. rants and repeat tomorrow. and then on the weekend they would go to a park and in the summer they would have family pic next, play bocce and coke and it was a much different time, but there is a connection that they had an daily pray pray the rosary. i would write down on the bike as a kid. they lived a couple blocks away. they were praying the rosary. it wasn't like to show they were putting on. the society took care of themselves. so after the retreat i went up to john and he looked at me with a smirk and says, you've been
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outed. yes i have. i said we've got to get this in the schools and we've got to study this and get them in the health care care system. he said i can't believe you're here and i want to introduce you to everybody who is doing work in the field of mindfulness. you need to show me richard davidson who's doing the science, one of the best in her scientist. printing can they bundle in serious regulus castle come a collaborative academic social and emotional learning in chicago, wonderful group has been working in the area. we've got to meet this person and not persons who are actually doing mindfulness for, but how do we continue to rip it out. it is that journey john said beyond that led me to the book, "a mindful nation." "a mindful nation" is a book about highlighting and
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illustrating the work going on in the country right now in the field of mindfulness and integrate opportune to be to meet some of you here doing this work in prisons, schools and how you're going to ramp it up in the mindful school program here. and i just -- i didn't know it is going to write a book when i started meeting these people, but they were so inspiring to me that i thought this has got to be a book and this has got to get out entire country. it's like teaching a kid how to pay attention, how to pay attention. [applause] we talk about health care prevention and the screenings in the blood pressure, which are still too far downstream for actual prevention. prevention is what is causing your high blood pressure? chances are it is stress. when you see what it had been in
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some of these areas, is fascinating to think what is happening and how stress affects your body. i can say the center for disease control was worried about stressful it they are other issues, they would be people in yellow suits and every institution across the united states of america right now. in our schools, and our hospitals, businesses, corporations, wall street. everyone is feeling it and it's making us sicker and sicker. one of the citizens of look is the issue of psoriasis. when you have psoriasis and the one of the treatment is to go to alight out. so john cabot fan and a couple others to take study where they at the group went to a lightbox and get their treatment and another group practicing mindfulness while in the lightbox and the group that practiced mindfulness while in the lightbox shield full times quicker than the group they
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didn't. basically suggesting that when you reduce your stress come your body will do what it actually wants to do and that is heal itself. and they thought the study was so backed up a scent that there must have been a problem so they did it again and it came back with the same result for times quicker. when you see the path is a policymaker of the cause of stress and how that is fleeting to increase cost of health care and and doctors not having enough time to spend time with their patients and how that can affect the issues of high blood pressure, ulcers, type-2 diabetes and other things that we can present prevented upstream by taking time and actually figuring out what causes your stress, we will be in a much, much better position. these kids are bombarded with technology and a lot of schools are doing well, but there is some that aren't and some kids there.
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a lot of those kids are dealing with issues of living in neighborhoods that are violent, living in families abusive, physical, mental, emotional. what i found out reading this book was that the older part of your brain, you are and make you like it's very, very activated when you are under stress. and that is for you to a turf fight or flight. and so these kids are basically dealing with low levels of ptsd, some very high levels of ptsd. we know kids in my own community who have had kids killed a week of exams, the week of the state tests, brothers and sisters and your amygdala gets so ramped up that information does not pass through your amygdala to go to your prefrontal cortex where you deal with all your high order thinking skills, ability to concentrate, pay attention and a variety of other skills. but when your amygdala is
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activated, you are an fighter flight and information is processed and your amygdala. so when you teach a kid how to breathe and what they do in the program instead l.a. breathing. goldie hawn is a great program and her foundation, but when you do the belly breath, these kids relax, calm there and make you let down, calm the nervous system down and dream works more efficiently. so i'm a policymaker who is trying to fix the education system and improve the education system and get kids to pay attention and figure out how there might work so they can not only pay attention, but be due to other kids in their class and began to build some connection with don and you stumble upon how mindfulness works and how you actually have the brain science behind it. i mean, i would almost challenge anybody to come up with another
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program that has this level of science telling you exactly why this kid can't pay attention, why this kid can't learn what's going on in their brain. it's a great illustration of what's happening. we can actually empower these programs. talk to teachers in ohio that are doing this or any other classroom. i'll tell you one quick story. just give me the hook. that's what they do at the town hall meetings. just get them out of here right now. we're at a school that goldie hawn runs in virginia and we walked in and they teach their kids about how the brain functions. so you walk down the hall the wheel went to elementary school. there's pictures on the side of the hallway made up as construction paper, yarn and the normal things you see just
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walking down the hall. in this era immaculate. like okay. i had to pretend i remembered what my immaculate was however many years ago. okay yeah, whatever. and the kids were telling me what it was. here is your amygdala when it's called. here is your amygdala when it's activated. do you have that debated bunnicula had red yarn because it is not debated. some of it to a classroom and the teacher said okay, somebody stand up and tell us that jeremy gill looks like when it's at debated and having a tiered next person show us what to make you love when you're calm and take a deep breath. you're actually teaching these kids. but what was significant when word to the next class, the teacher rang the bell and the cars got quiet, which amazed me
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and then we all had to go around the room and say what was on your mind. it was only a minute or two. when kids had recesses next. another kids that the testers and in. and another kid just put his head down for the next good to talk. and it got real quiet. they're all staring at this kid. she said his name. what was on his mind? she says come on, tell us. what was it? and he said i'm worried my brother didn't come home last night. a school district with a lot of games and a lot of issues. and this poor kid was worried his brother didn't come home last night. and you get this and reflect on stories like that and think how is this kid possibly going to learn when they're dealing with that level of intent kind of social situation? now the upside is this kid
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recognized what he was thinking and feeling and he said it because there was peace in that classroom for this to be dealt with and his friends now a new and the teacher knew of a token of the above call home and see if he's home now and that kind of thing. there was just an awareness that this could emotional state was linked to how he was going to do in school. and i just think that's so very important. they have a peace corner in the school were a few of problems to go to the peace corner and you write, color and come back to the classroom and the teachers love it. as telling the story earlier, when they came in, lynn linked here he comes than what the castle program and they do have the teacher training program and about the fourth day of the
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five-day training, i went in just to see how things are going in in these stories a lot of them in the book, i went to see how things were going and it took about five minutes every morning and rang the bell and it's in mind for breeding and again in the afternoon. i went in on the fourth day of this conference. it was quiet. i'm a somewhat like a normal conference i go to for teacher training. usually there's light at chattered people are in the hallway talking and what not. i went in and linda has asked that her ensure through its different teachers and say okay, tell us what she learned this week. it was unbelievable. these teachers were like i remember why i got into teaching in the first place. you know, one teachers stood up in that i feel like i'm born again. i'm ready to go back in the classroom. one teachers that i'm treating my young kids differently now.
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i'm thinking, this wasn't a weeklong retreat. this is like taking -- were going so fast that just a little bit of time has a tremendous effect on how we feel and how these teachers are aware of their own emotions and how they go into the classroom to do with what the kids are going through and be more aware and identify with what they are going through. and then they threw the earth to some guy in the back. there's about 60 people in the room and for guys in the room. i was one and might tap or was the other. i was like okay, here we go. it is amazing. he was a young guy and he said last night i went to my daughter's soccer game and i was actually at my daughter's soccer
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game. he said i was looking out a run and i was like she's not going to be this old for very long. i caught myself really paying attention to her. the sky was blue and the grass is green. this is like a movie. this is what you make a good time really here. this is really sweet. this is what we want. that's what we want and mindfulness can give that to us. you know, it can give us these things we've all been looking for because they're right in front of us. they're not on the black berry, not the next meeting, not in the last meeting. they are right now and to think of the work you're doing great here is just really, really inspiring. i may just say last thing i'd like to chat with you into question. one of the issues that really touches me is the veterans coming back to our country and they've been to a lot of funerals and ohio, young men and
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women who have been killed in 18, 20, 22, john kids most of them and the ones coming back are just in many ways really, really bad shape. coming back after three, four, five to reserve duty doing with their countries asked them to do and they are coming back with posttraumatic stress, and some tbi and to not make korean issues and i feel like mindfulness and some other programs out there is like a running out of wisconsin, which are held in, one of them has the realty greeting component and humps rebalance, recalibrate your nervous system can hear parasympathetic and sympathetic nervous system get out of whack running cortisol through a body
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for 15 months at a time and you don't come home for long enough immedia three, four times in a stressful situation any damage your nervous system. this program and studies will be published soon, the son of the stories we hear coming out are in this particular program who has gone completely off their medication and are sleeping through the night and haven't slept through the night in years previous to sleep on the couch so they wouldn't keep their spouse. you're talking about changing people's lives at such a fundamental level. we know what the nervous system does now. we know what it takes to be authoritative. we know what it takes. we have the science. people say your congressman, whatever. i've got a responsibility when i find out about this stuff. we'd be at dereliction in my duty as a congressman who swears
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every two years to uphold the constitution and do what is the best interest nikon duty shin. that is what we do. if that were supposed to do. i don't care if no one knows about it. my job is to make sure they find out about it. when they have harvard and stanford and an array and michigan and university of massachusetts medical center and ucla and university of madison then, i'm not exactly out on a limb here. i mean, i make a lot of other arguments that don't have that level of support. [laughter] my staff cringed at that one. sorry, guys. my communication directors like which ones? fullback at a. but honestly, you have hundreds of thousands if not millions of people who have a personal experience on what it does.
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the stories of schools and prisons and health care workers. susan bauer teaches the guided meditation with family caregivers and cancer patients, you know, this is about caring about each other. this is about it being okay for us to care about each other and i'm not ashamed to admit it. up till you what i put on enough sports teams in my life to know that when you have a group of people who care very much about each other, would put themselves in front of the us before we let in one of their teammates go in front of that last, who cry, blood, sweat and tears and the workouts in the early mornings. i know what it means to care about somebody and i know as a quarterback and an athlete that it makes all the difference. so i think it would just care about each other and as a country that it really does matter what my neighbors lot in life is that matters to me.
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the police, fire, teachers, nurses, the people that when you flush the toy but make sure the sewers working, those people are important to how our society functions. in ohio they get to mean the any and densities. i think it is important to get past all of this and start figuring out it's okay to care about each other. i want to add with a short quote. maybe it's not sure, but sure can hear it anyway. she should bear and be patient. i've got a quarter of a wager my speech. [laughter] is the bobby kennedy quote from history brief, short but passionate campaign in 1968 and i just want and with this and then i'm happy to take questions. too much and for too long we seem to have surrendered
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excellent, personal excellence and community values in the mere accumulation of material things. our gross national product now is over $800 a year. that gross national product to sleep just the united states of america by that, that gross national product does not air pollution and cigarette advertising and ambulances to clear our highways carnage. it counts special locks for doors and the jails for people who break them. it counts destruction of the redwood and lots of national wonder in chaotic sprawl. it counts napalm and nuclear warheads and armored cars for police to fight the right's inner cities. it counts whitman's rifle and specs knife and the television programs which glorify violence in order to sell toys to her children. get the gross national product does not allow for the health of
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our children. the quality of their education or the joy of their play. it does not include the beauty of our poetry or the strength of our marriages, intelligence of our public debate or integrity of our public officials. it measures neither our wit nor encourage, neither wisdom nor our learning, neither compassion or devotion to country. it measures everything in short except out which makes life worthwhile and i can tell us everything about america except why we are proud that we are american. thank you. [applause]
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will come up to you though. i thought you. >> i'm a fellow buckeye. >> way from click >> born in buckeye -- pardon me for sounding cynical. everything you said is brilliant and i can just see his indices are to move the needle on the strengths not being sold, big pharma completely illegally keeping millions of dollars to karl rove's with a request to squishy like a bug. >> that's very nice. i'm just kidding. i can handle it. >> so i guess this american life
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as we can act develop members of congress spending three, four hours a day fund-raising in order to protect themselves against such a thing. i'm sure you are aware of that. but we are all for you. how do you stand out to that potential onslaught, which is unprecedented in our history? it's not what the founding fathers envisioned. >> i think you are right. one of the issues about slowing down and getting the country to maybe slow down a little bit, this great quote by john blowed from ucla winning his basketball coach of all time was the quick, but don't hurry. i think that's good advice for americans. we can still do her thing, but were just hurrying. no mission in life. i think money in politics is a
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big part of that. but i think people are really, really tired of it. i don't know how you feel. i'm certainly tired of it. i get this sent my constituents are really tired of the phone calls and tv ad negativity and i think we're ready for a shift in the kind of politics that we have. when i first ran and i know it's harder to hire if you get, but when i first ran in very little money. i stand on street corners and hold signs to knock on doors and just kind of the grassroots things. i think if you take all of the people interested in this and everyone gives a little bit of money. not that one has to cut checks for thousands of dollars, but if everybody gives a little bit of money, if everybody takes a small portion of their time to say hey, it's great to sit on
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that cushion. it's nice. to be nice to stay there, nice to pull the covers over your head and pretend like there's no problems out there. to me growing up catholic, it was always about the social gospel. it was about going out and doing things. i think we could mobilize this community to get off the mat, get off the cushion, it could be a very powerful movement in the united states. i think it could combat a lot of those issues of money because it is grassroots. i would just like to take a poll here. i won't, but i'd like to take a poll of where everyone works here. what's your circle influences influence is here? was dr. dean should go to his little league, what role he now is to poland, whatever. this is a network that i've discovered as i went around the country to write the book.
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it's incredible. you know, like richie davidson wisconsin at umass it's a big referendum in wisconsin. he's in the state has. you know, he is engaged. his family was engaged in that. this is about us getting engaged and i think there's a lot of money. i think are sick of it and i think if enough people knock on their door that are really concerned citizens that live in the neighborhood that changes everything. [applause] yes. don't fall. [inaudible] >> it wasn't always that way, but it has turned into a place where there is a lot of that. can you say how you use your mindfulness and your work.
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>> for the record, as then i'm mindful my job. i am not a teacher. i am just someone who has felt this is a really important thing that i have in my life. as my grandparents felt praying the rosary was there with doing it. so i have my moments where i pop off and probably wouldn't -- look at the clip. in fact those on the radio radio show in columbus and mckay played a clip of me playing sports and he said earworm with unmindful congressmen. but i'm going to hear that clip once or twice to the book to her. but i feel it clearly now i am more considerate of my
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colleagues. i am more inclined to look to find something we can work on together and maybe focus more time on that for the swirl of the national debate is going on. i have a very dear friend of mine, john sullivan who is in the post article last week. a republican from oklahoma who works on recovery tax together. okay we can agree on this. he's getting more in the mindfulness piece and there's a lot of when the caucus from the out side are more and more of what mindfulness is doing so is more about being strategic with my own personal energy as far as where can i place it will have the most limited? that does come from practicing. you realize where you're wasting energy. like a good athlete, i'm going to see if there's for when it's really needed. i think that has really helped me. to speed colmer and listening more and pay more attention,
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realizing there is the father and grand father in that person i'm talking to, not so hostile. everyone does the best they can read some of the policy issues have really bad, like the money without outside influence comes to. another is redistricting. when we slow down was that really red districts and billy blue districts and they come down to d.c. and there's no room for anybody to compromise. and compromise. and then you throw money at top of that, it gets really poisonous, which is where we are at right now. >> hi. i decide to stay thank you and this is my first time here it's really amazing, so thank you to everyone here. my question is for someone who is also fairly i did and has been for many years in democratic years albeit at a local level, how do you gauge
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your boat in this conversation with most people because of a surprise i usually run it, i don't know how i would necessarily engaged. i'm curious how you would do that and how you are doing that now. >> one of the things i learned very early is that this is not necessarily sent them you can push on to somebody. they've got to be open to looking for some way to handle their stress or if they have issues with kids in schools not paying attention, find the opening period and say hey i just saw this study about expires the na can be very helpful as opposed to saying this is the silver bullet for american society and let me bang you over the head over. turns out that doesn't work very well. i think finding the opening. i think a lot of it is how you are, you know, what you're like and then you'll know what to do.
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i think it is not pushing it on somebody and just waiting for the opportunity and actually giving them what they're really looking for, which is what i've talked about. >> thank you. >> hi, first i want to thank you for the courage you had to write that book and put it out there while you're still in office. can i want to remark on the word courage because it means with heart. one of the things i've come to know over the last few years in my own development is that it's really all about love and you've probably heard of the institute of heart path. i'm happy to tell you more about it another time, but it talks about how the heart has its own nervous system. and so we are teaching adults
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and kids, and authorized presenter does for nonprofits nonprofits that when we can feel the nervous system in our heart, we actually send the narrow transmitters to go to her brain actually down. and just a quick tip that one of the quick ways to get there is to go to appreciation. so feel appreciation and there's really not room for some of the other more destructive feeling. so i kind of want to get sure it on something that i'm working on right now and it's sort of a calling for me. i am writing a book and it's how to help congress. >> i want to read it when you're done. >> i would like to get your opinion on this and maybe you can give me at thumbs-up, thumbs down. i am using congress as to how to
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organize themselves in a way to work productively together, it he together. part is simply no labels move it so there's some other of the things were attacked to goal. but for me it is more about how people work together and compromise not a bad word. it is also about ground rules and shared purpose. the third message for me as really the feeling of one as, that it is not that you are my brother and you are my sister. it is that we are one. my success is your success and your failure as my failure. and once we come to that place, what you think is tough to be accessible to people, but i'm going to try and do that in this book. and what i'm doing is writing up
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for the citizen that i feeling dispirited with congress and how we can be the role models for congress because we elect to congress. they're people just like us. we're made of the same thing. so if we are able to live by those rules, perhaps that will influence and support congresspeople to say, this is how we want to live because it's easy for us to say compromise and we go home and do the opposite. >> well, thank you. i think this is not necessarily going to be a top-down process. you know, there's not going to be a secretary of mindfulness.
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[laughter] but what we want to do what i think is infused this into current programs that are already happening and redirect money rdb spent on programs that aren't happening, which i think leaves a lot of common ground for right and left dichotomy we deal with now to say okay, let's figure out how we can spend the money better and we know this stuff works. here's the science and let's move in that direction. i don't think it's going to be necessarily top-down. i think you are likely right that we need to be role models. we have got to get away from the politics or if you don't agree with me 100% of the time i don't like you anymore. i'm not only going to not vote for you, i don't like you. and when i scream at you at town hall meeting how you are not with us here with the other side, with the enemy or whatever the rhetoric is. so i think it is important that we have mindful constituents,
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mindful that dripped it recognizes the delicacy of getting legislation passed and has a little more awareness of what it takes to get something passed. and one of the things in this argument is we talk about was doing this right now. the united states marine corps is doing a mindfulness-based mental fitness training and they're studying it and working on granting it up and figuring out how to implement. the family at georgetown is running the program. it is really not a mental resiliency in the soldiers so that maybe they'll deal with the situation, the horrific situations they have to deal with a little better so they can recover faster when they come home. this isn't about making better
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killers. this is about giving brothers and sisters who happen to serve in the military the tools that they need. so the united states marine corps, google, procter & gamble, target, general mills, major corporations in our country are doing it. the marine corps, phil jackson, greatest coach of the national basketball association did it with the chicago bulls and the los angeles lakers. he threw that with everyone else and they say talk about a case to be made to the american people about why we need to move in this direction. so yes, telling them it is okay and people are doing it as a performance enhancer, stress reducer, this is a compelling argument. the one word i've heard about the book and as i said i'm just highlighting the work that's going on, but the one word that keeps coming back from the book as it is compelling. you cannot hear these stories.
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you cannot see the science and think a man we need to give this a shot. i do think it has to come from old, voters obviously learning about it. we wanted the book to be a handbook at the end of every chat your to be what you can do with your local medical school as your state legislator know about the mindfulness schools program and how to get social and emotional venting. if not, go to the website, learn about it and go to the school board for courtier state rep. you need to be an active participant in getting it out there. it's essential. it's so important. many of you are doing this. you're preaching to the choir. i am of the church so i guess that's okay. you need to figure out what area you could go in and really push and make that little bit of a difference.
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if we all do it are going to be in good shape. >> thank you, congressman. i think it's very inspiring. i wish the dozens of young congress. i'm an integrated air piston i use the body and are assigned and i think it's very helpful. i'm just curious what your experience has been because what i feel is there's so much fear mongering and our society, not just in politics, but in general. there's a website that explains what is going on. how have you found that just the word mindfulness, made and a lot of people engender a sort of this is so foreign, would outdo mindfulness. this is what they do back in those countries are those people. have you encountered that or has neuroscience barely been able to trump that fear which is so
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rampant in our country right now? >> i think it has. the record doing it, google is doing it, but brand names in america have been very, very help pull in studies are coming out almost weekly about how it changes your brain moving that direction of empathy and kindness in increasing attention span, teaching how to cultivate your attention span. so the case is slowly being built. i try to talk about it in a way that gives them that impression, talking about even the sound. i have a lot of guys that are like yeah, you can train your mind to do that. why wouldn't she want to be in the zone a little bit hard. my inflammation in your future keys, and stub your toe, call people by the wrong name, doesn't make you perfect. one of the stories as you can tell i like john wooden a lot to
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coach, but i think he was a very, very mindful, aware, alert coach. the first practice every year at ucla and the 70s come the first practice is not about offense, not about defense, not in particular xyz, and was about how to put on your socks. and it's great to hear him tell the story, that he would take them all down. imagine sitting all these big ghastly sound teaching them how to put their socks on. i come to the school in the skies and a teacher to put my socks on? rodeo socks so you don't have a wrinkle. which rather on. melissa there is not a wrinkle in any pitcher she wantonly set up and here's how you do it. and the reason is if you don't put your socks on properly you'll have a wrinkle in your sock in a bit of bluster and if you get a blister you can't
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perform and if you can't perform, you're not very good for the team if you're not able to perform at your peak. so that is mindfulness. that is mindfulness when you put on your socks, you're putting on your sock. you know? that's yogi bear is -- yogi berra is some you're doing much are doing. you have an attention and awareness. when the pitcher intention of where your mind is, becomes a very powerful thing. you're putting your socks on. >> thank you for being here. just a quick question. what would it be like at your next town hall meeting he took five minutes and have everybody be quiet and bury it for just a little bit, just to set the town. i don't also would work or not,
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but it's a thought. >> you know, i don't know. we'll have to find out. but i think it would be very beneficial for us just to take a minute. identity in schools that i go to when i talk to schools. so it's just that here for a few minutes. >> you may need to explain a little bit while you're doing it, much like you're saying here, but i think if you could get a little bit thin for a couple minutes that might change the tenor of the meeting. >> agreed. >> thank you. >> 10, i think we've had as many questions as they can have. so i want to invite us all to thank congressman ryan for being with us. clap back
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>> for more information about congressman tim ryan, visit his website, tim >> james buss, author of "winning the west with words". part of the land went on about 10,000 homesteaders new to the area. >> the premise of the book is essentially that historians have long looked at india removal, physical removal from either the american southeast of the great lakes. what i was interested in was looking beyond the removal, how those individuals were written out of the story of those places and particularly in the case of this book, the lower great lakes, present-day ohio, indiana and illinois.
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what i found mr. pageants, parades, essentially great lakes and the white settlers the great lakes berates native people from the landscape long before they have the physical removal. when the physical removal wesson complete they did so through literary works and artistic works. leading to the 1838 into the reflector is pressured by the americans permit to remove the places east of the mississippi river to west of the mississippi river and after the indian removal act of the 1830s the pressure increased in many native communities are fractured were divided up by a pressure being placed on them by the american government. little work has really been done on what the complicated story of what happened in the aftermath of that. for many communities, elements in prices is communities state
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in those areas rather than being removed and that is essentially the story i was trying to get at was than what stories did white settlers are occupants of those lands tell themselves about the incomplete removal and people living amongst them were among them for the following decades or centuries. in the decades leading up to indian removal, the type of frederick white settlers evoked to justify removal, indians could not assimilate to the next ways or they were to start different communities. one way, when andy and that would never live among one another, that when the story became embedded in the history of the story they told themselves about their lives in those places with indian removal was not complete instead of changing the story they simply adopted it in different ways and that is by convincing themselves
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that indians had been removed even if they lived among them. one of the things i'm interested in our celebrations and commemorations and the case of the lower great lakes, particularly centennial celebration. in the early 20th century, states like indiana, ohio and illinois celebrated state centennial. it is in many ways away to reflect and remember and look back. for the white communities it was much more about forgetting. in indiana, for example the state hosted an enormous outdoor pageant in riverside park in indianapolis. almost 2000 who's participated and outlined the entire history of the state from a pre-contact history through 1916. tens of thousands of people gathered in the park to watch this pageant or performance where they reenacted the history. there was a moment of white
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settlers -- white individuals playing william henry harrison and american soldiers fighting against white actors playing the shawnee prophet and native american warriors reenact the battle of tippecanoe in 1811 and immediately following that they exited stage left to never return to the pageant at march that clear so it is concise breaking point between an empty genius landscape and one that was wait state development and state driven. despite the fact that indiana is or who shares the that communities like the miami community still lived among them, many of them probably attended itself in the tercel passions of the road in northern indiana that challenged. most of it is to justify a war
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further emphasize the state development and progress and there is a narrative of progress moving away from a colonial indigenous path to one of modernism and development at hoosier source of taking part in today and still telling themselves. the native people from the landscape for a century and a half now going on two centuries was part of that story progress. historians have been aware of it. i think the problem has been documenting it and searching for those examples and working with negative communities and trying to better understand the complex history that is something the historical profession has done the last 20, 30 years and so it is kind of a group of younger historians who are starting to look at this in critical ways and trying to understand how culture plays a role in dispossessing people from the
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land. i grew up in the great lakes and essentially spent most of my life been taught that story. one where native americans essentially vanished somewhere around the word 1812 and in college and graduate school being confronted with an alternative story to that immediate need is people who still lived in those days was a stark reminder to me there is something wrong with that story. so the more i investigated it and the ironies i've found, almost hilarious ironies of individuals -- there's one story in the 1840s of an individual, john brandt island in indiana who stood up before a crowd and gave the speech called decline into miami. especially what he was arguing was that it was really sad that miami had to leave. it was interesting to me was there is documentation that i am a community members were standing there in the crowd
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listening to the sky lament the fact that there were no longer there. so it's the irony they found and kept fighting over and over again that baby want to investigate everything. >> for more information on this and other cities and the local content vehicles go to content. >> robert draper author of dead certain provides an inside account of the 100 told congress in his new book, do not ask what we do. he takes e-mails increase on the morning program, "washington journal." >> host: robert draper, who is jeff duncan? >> guest: jeff duncan is a tea party freshman from the party of south carolina. it's a good question that you're posing because i think a lot of


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